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Published May 8, 2020 10:40 AM

For the Pentecostal movement in Guatemala, the man is both the problem and the solution. The focus on the man as a parent, husband and father can be said to be an attempt to save patriarchy from itself, writes Gina Lende, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, in an article in Klassekampen 7 May 2020 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)

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Published Apr. 17, 2020 11:51 AM

While the pope is praying in front of an empty St. Peter's Square, the president of the country with most Catholics in the world calls the coronavirus a little cold. The scepticism towards science expressed by the Pentecostal churches, now threatens Brazil's population, writes Ole Jakob Løland, University of Oslo, in an article in Vårt Land 4 April 2020 (in Norwegian).

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Published Mar. 23, 2020 7:51 PM

Venezuela is in the midst of a transition to an authoritarian, decentralized and violent form of capitalism, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 18 March. Read the article on the blog La Bullatina (in Norwegian).

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Published Oct. 30, 2019 4:08 PM

Several weeks of violent protests have paralyzed the already hard-hit country and have had dramatic consequences for Haiti's population. Who gives up first, the president or the protesters? asks Marianne Tøraasen, Chr. Michelsen Institute, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 28 October 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published Oct. 23, 2019 11:24 AM

A clear consequence of the combination of US sanctions and a failed  national policy is a comprehensive "informalisation" of the Venezuelan economy: ordinary businesses are denied loans and access to international markets and must either close their doors or find informal markets and sources of finance in Russia, Turkey or other sanctioned countries, write Benedicte Bull og Antulio Rosales from the University of Oslo in an article in Aftenposten 22 October 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published Oct. 16, 2019 2:23 PM

The primaries in the Dominican Republic have left the country in crisis over serious allegations of electoral fraud. The open crisis not only generates strong uncertainty in the country, but also threatens to split of the ruling party, PLD, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in El País 8 October 2019 (in Spanish).

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Published Oct. 1, 2019 2:19 PM

During the UN General Assembly last week, Latin American heads of state criticized both each other and the UN, telling one lie after the other. Behind the statements lies a deep division in the region regarding political direction and the role of international organizations, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 1 October 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published July 30, 2019 3:39 PM

A year after Andrés Manuel López Obrador came to power in Mexico in a historic election victory, he has turned Mexican politics upside down, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 24 July 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published July 2, 2019 1:51 PM

Many are skeptical of the Oslo process for Venezuela. When an increasing number of international players still support the initiative, it is not because they are naive, but because there are few alternatives to negotiation, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 2 July 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published June 11, 2019 4:15 PM

Venezuela's problems are larger than a choice between President Maduro and the self-appointed president Guaidó. And previous negotiations also show that it was just as often the opposition who was not willing to make real negotiations, write Ronald Mayora Synnes, University of Agder, and Dave Watson, Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG), in an article in Stavanger Aftenblad 10 June 2019 (in Norwegian).

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Published May 29, 2019 11:26 AM

In a report published in April, economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs give the financial sanctions introduced by the US direct responsibility for Venezuela's economic and humanitarian crisis. The problem is that the report is full of errors and misconceptions, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 23 May 2019 (in Norwegian, only available on paper).